This week I signed up to the TTA (Taveuni Tourism Association) to keep in the loop with all the interesting island gossip, and generally be nosey whilst appearing (to the wife at least) to be busy. For an annual membership fee of FJ$150 I can whizz around the island to meetings at exotic tourism locations, listen to the latest news and views, sample plates of cake and cookies, and keep the caffeine levels at an acceptable level. In between mouthfuls of cake I’m allowed to speak (preferably sensibly I guess, but no clear guidelines as yet), and can vote on important issues, like should Harry Wilkins and Jacqueline Wilkins be allowed to get off the plane when they arrive in July. There has been no vote on this to date – the TTA is awaiting my dossier on the aforementioned individuals before deciding if they meet the stringent criteria for entry. Before visiting Taveuni it is always advisable to post a mugshot and mini-biography (including criminal convictions) to the Taveuni group page on Facebook – anything over 25 likes and you should be fine, anything below that then it’s best do a bit of identity theft and try again.
I figure I can get at least $150 worth of cake in the next 12 months, and invaluable insights from some very knowledgeable people here who are all doing there bit to improve the tourism experience throughout the island. One recent boost from an external source came from TripAdvisor, who’s users voted Taveuni as the 8th best island to visit in the South Pacific. There are around 30,000 lumps of rock in the South Pacific, so I guess thats a pretty good result.
Next week Titi and I are getting on the ferry and cruising over to the grand metropolis of Suva where we will be engaged in all manner of exciting things. Chasing up people who don’t answer e-mails or telephone calls (see “Six Ways To Waste Your Time In Fiji” will be one, along with spending (or investing) a few bucketfuls of cash on new materials and furniture to upgrade our previous home (“Vale Tulala”) which is to begin it’s life as a holiday home later this year. Company registration is in progress, new web domain has been registered, and the website build is going well, so we’ll be starting to roll some of that out very soon and inviting you all to come and stay, as well as taking your credit card details.
Just around the corner, Taveuni Dive have anounced their new venture “Taveuni Dive Resort” which will be a welcome addition for visitors and residents alike. This looks like it’s going to be a super-quick build and be up and running within 6 months. It includes a local grocery store which is great !! Somewhere walkable to get a pint of milk. And a bar, which is great !!! Somewhere walkable to get a pint of beer. And a grill/restaurant, which is great !!! Somewhere walkable to get a Big Mac and Supersize fries – or something similar. Salad, for example. But who needs salad with all that walking ? Not me.
Taveuni Dive Resort will be located 5 minutes walk from Vale Tulala, so we’re pretty happy since it will provide some additional or alternative facilities for visitors, as well ourselves and other estate residents. Good news all round !!
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Images of some of the devastation on Taveuni caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston which hit Fiji on 20th February 2016 with peak winds of 298kmh